Businesses go to work on your birthday
With her 6- and 8-year-old children, Jetta Whittaker has become something of an expert on local birthday party venues. She's been to just about all of them, she said. "The gymnastics academy is a total favorite. ... We've been to lots of swimming parties ... that big backyard place. ... And of course now the skating rink is a big hit," she said. Juneau organizations have done well catering to parents who want to treat their kids and their kids' friends to a special party, parents said.

Business profile: Heidi Glasen
Title and company: Owner, The Scrapbook Shop Services: Scrapbooking, or "cropping," as some hobbyists call it, has surged in popularity across America in recent years, and Juneau has been no exception to that trend, Glasen said. "Scrapbooking isn't just something that big cities do," Glasen said. "Everyone has a box of photographs or boxes upon boxes of photographs that they want to put in an album."

Techwit: Enter into Dante's 'Inferno' - version 2.0
Have you read Dante's "Inferno," the theological allegory written in the 13th century? It doesn't exactly flow like a Stephen King novel, but it does offer interesting speculation about the afterlife. According to Dante, there are nine rings of hell. Sinners are assigned to a circle based on how badly they've behaved during their lives.

The comfort of candles
I was so discouraged last night. Not able to attend the candlelight peace walks around town, I put four candles in my windows. Their lonely little flames against the night led me to think of how futile they are when compared to the dazzle of television lights or the glare of bombs bursting houses.

TR, patriotism, and legitimate protests
I am a veteran and I am against this war. I had just received my discharge in 1966 when the P3B that I flew on for the previous couple of years went down in Nam with all aboard. In memory of my crewmates, I helped start a local chapter of Vietnam Veterans against the war - as they asked me to do before I left them.

Cup for peace
In response to Jane Roodenberg's and Richard Schmitz's meeting and reconciliation, I think that Saddam and Bush just need to have a cup of coffee together.

Abortion and breast cancer
It would seem reasonable to provide information and clarification about the possible relationships of induced abortions to development of breast cancer as presented in the recent Empire insert from the Minnesota Right to Life Organization.

Timely notice
As a local grocery clerk, periodically I sell alcoholic beverages. On March 12, I was informed by my boss that apparently I was among those who sold alcohol to a youngster just over 21 years old, without asking for I.D

Timber protection gone
I was perplexed by last week's reports on the latest USFS Record of Decision on the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP). All the media coverage I encountered stressed "no new wilderness areas," but neglected a more immediate result of the action.

Level the fishing field
Any of us who have purchased mandarin oranges (tangerines) have probably noticed on the box a note saying they can't be sold in certain states and/or territories of the United States. I guess the reason for this is those states and territories grow similar products and don't want the competition.

Blame the U.N., Clinton
I was on active duty during the first Gulf war, and in the 12 years since then the Iraqis and Saddam Hussein have thumbed their noses at the U.S., the U.N., and the rest of the world while their regime of terror continued with business as usual.

Not palatable
Voters are accustomed to taking political campaign rhetoric with a grain of salt, but there is not a substance known to man that will ever make the promises and the outright lies of Frank Murkowski palatable. Where do I sign up for the impeachment process?

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

City asks feds for local immigration staff
Local officials are urging the federal government to put staff in Juneau to provide citizenship and immigration services. The new Department of Homeland Security absorbed the Immigration and Naturalization Service on March 1, splitting its duties among three new bureaus. The switch has brought concerns that Juneau residents might need to travel to Anchorage for immigration and citizenship services, according to a resolution approved by the Juneau Assembly last week.

Alaska beer crossing the pond
Though it's not yet distributed in all 50 states, Alaskan Smoked Porter soon will be sold in the United Kingdom, the company announced this month. "At the Great American Beer Festival in Denver ... an importer and one of the largest retailers in England, a chain, approached us," said Geoff Larson, who founded the Alaskan Brewing Co. 20 years ago with his wife, Marcy.

Around Town
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Juneau parents of soldiers stick close to TV for updates
When Linda Rusaw got home from her overnight shift at Fred Meyer early this morning, she turned on the news instead of going to bed. Then she and her husband, Ray, spent the morning attempting to make a still image of their son, 22-year-old Army Spc. Will Rusaw, from a video of his appearance on "Good Morning America" last month. For a few precious seconds on Feb. 7, Rusaw watched her son and some of his buddies from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division standing on a tank waving Will's Alaska flag.

This Day in History
In 1913, Gov. Walter E. Clark signed the first law of the first Alaska Legislature, providing for Women's Suffrage.

This Day in History
In 1985, Libby Riddles won the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Around Town
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Cauliflower is a virtuous and serious vegetable
I usually try to start this column with a catchy or funny anecdote, but that won't work for cauliflower. Pale and uninviting in appearance, and definitely mild in flavor, cauliflower is just not a flashy or funny food. That said, cauliflower has an important, if less than flamboyant role to play. Approached with an appreciation for simplicity, cauliflower can be a satisfying, nutritious addition to many meals.

Photo: Boat fire
Firefighters Lt. Scott Fergusson, right, and Kelly Leamer are shown on board the fishing vessel McClure Bay, whose galley caught fire about noon Thursday at the Auke Bay harbor. No one was injured. Damage, confined to the galley, was estimated at $4,000.

Photo: Juneau family serves
Lisa Viteri and her son, Alaxander, 2, look out a front window of their Juneau home Thursday morning. The emblem displayed is a Blue Star Banner, which signifies that the family has loved ones in the current conflict.

Local reactions to war mixed
Veterans, protesters and other Juneau residents went to church, lit candles, talked politics and reflected on the first Gulf War as news of the United States' military action against Iraq spread through town. Members of Juneau People for Peace and Justice congregated in a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Dimond Courthouse on Wednesday evening, holding banners and singing songs.

5-year-old wants missing father back
Thomas Gardner, 42, has no family or friends to speak of in town. He has a mental illness and keeps to himself. Few people even would have noticed he was missing. But Gardner's 5-year-old daughter Alexa, who woke up alone in the dark last week, knew her daddy was gone. "She said she just spent a lot of her time in the one to three days she was alone in the apartment sitting at the window watching for her dad to come home and just waiting," said police Officer Kris Sell, who interviewed Alexa after she was found. "You know, she was upset. She said her dad had never left her alone before and she didn't know why he would. But she's a remarkable, bright girl who's doing well under the circumstances."

Due to a reporter's error, a story in Thursday's This Week section gave the wrong day of the week for a performance of the children's play "Number the Stars."

Crafters' Resource: Jo-Ann Fabrics holds its grand opening todayv
Juneau crafters roamed the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabrics this morning, caressing fabrics, browsing sewing patterns and chatting with other shoppers about their new projects. "I'm on a new high-fiber diet," joked Caroll Douglas, a home economist who was checking out the wide variety of fabrics available at the store's grand opening celebration today. "All of these fibers - cotton, linen, wool - they really make you feel good."

Thank you
...for the support; ...for yor kindness

What's at stake with high stakes testing?
Anyone who spends significant time with children can attest to the wonder their constant questioning elicits. Just today I answered these questions put forth by my 3 1/2 year-old: "Where is that bug going?" "Where are the Northern Lights?" "Why can't I put my grilled cheese in the VCR?" Children have a desire to learn for the pure joy of answering their own questions. I fear that we are drowning their innate inquisitiveness with this federally mandated flood of standardized tests. Learning is anything but standard or predictable or even always measurable. It is idiosyncratic. It is constantly shifting. It is often invisible.

Imagine having 60 miles of sandy beach in Southeast
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, from Psalm 107, evokes in magnificent fashion men and women, who make their living from the sea. Born in 1950, Roger Gregg of Juneau came to Alaska as a boy of 13. He started fishing with his stepfather, Cliff Mortensen, as a set-netter on the Akwe and Alsek rivers south of Yakutat. A set-net is anchored to the shore in contrast to the more usual gill net, which is allowed to drift.

Academic honors
Brittany Rohm of Auke Bay has been named to the dean's list at University of Nevada at Reno for fall of 2002.

DeLong named Mason of the Year
Lifetime Alaskan and longtime Juneau resident David DeLong received the distinguished designation Alaska Mason of the Year from the , Masonic Grand Lodge of , which met for its yearly session in Fairbanks, Feb. 5-7. A three- page citation listed his contributions and was accompanied by a medal. Also honored was Dan McCrummen, master of Mount Juneau-Gastineau Lodge No. 21 F&AM, for excellence in 2002.

Photo: Award-winning students
Members of the 21st Century Grant After-School Video Editing Club at Floyd Dryden Middle School entered the fourth annual statewide iDidaMovie Contest and won first prize and $200 in the Teaching and Learning in Alaska category.

Lawrence Patrick Carroll
Longtime Juneau and Alaska resident Lawrence Patrick Carroll, 61, died March 15, 2003, following serious complications from surgery performed in June 2002.

Maryellen Brown
Juneau resident Maryellen Brown, 69, died March 20, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: A call to prayer in the time of war
It was eye-opening, to read that 88,000 military men and women have asked to be "adopted for prayer" in this time of war. See if you wish to register or adopt the name and branch of your relative or friend. How could we not respond to such a request?

My Turn: We are affected by the distance of war
When I turn off the news of air raid sirens and flashing guns I hear only the sound of quiet waves and see a full moon slipping between the clouds. War, for those fortunate few living in the tranquility of Alaska, is a tragedy belonging to a different place. We will all sleep tonight in beds unthreatened, for now, by the blind reach of bombs.

My Turn: About America and its self-anointed authority
Steeped in historical analogy, the Bush administration has tried to persuade us that its war on Iraq may be justly compared with the Allied struggle against fascism during World War II. In the latest installment of this ongoing delusion, the president subtly reminded us Monday night of the hapless "policy of appeasement," which abetted the pointless atrocities of the last century.

My Turn: Historical perspective on the war
The conflict over Iraq deserves comprehensive thought. Am I nervous about an invasion of Iraq? You bet. There are plenty of things that can go wrong. On the other hand, to leave Iraq at status quo poses huge risks to us, to our allies, and to that benighted country's own people. The anti-war crowd says "no war" but does not offer a viable alternative. Maybe they don't have a plan at all, just opposition to the idea of fighting.

My Turn: Some issues need to be addressed
In response to Eva Small's letter published in the Empire on March 17, most of the people (peace marchers) she is so "tired of" do not love Saddam or Iraq any more than she does. They do not wish to live there as she seems to claim. I cannot speak for those who went to Russia during Stalin's years, but my bet would be that they, too, were acting in support of an ideal rather than an individual.

My Turn: The case for year-round ice at Treadwell Arena
Congratulations to the CBJ, the Douglas Fourth of July Committee, and everyone who helped bring an indoor sheet of ice to Juneau! The arena is up and skaters are on the ice. Overall, there have been few glitches in the first few weeks of operation. I would also like to congratulate and thank the arena management and staff for their commitment to smooth operations.

Photos: Three-pointers
Three of Juneau's basketball players take their shot during the three-point competion in Anchorage.

Juneau's Boozer scores a career-high 27 points
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Great shooting and lots of points are leading to plenty of wins for the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies shot 61 percent from the field Wednesday night, built a quick lead and easily defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-101 for their seventh victory in eight games.

Letter: A great event on ice
Last weekend, an international hockey tournament was held in Juneau at the Treadwell Arena, which brought together teams from Haines Junction, Whitehorse, Anchorage, and Petersburg-Sitka, as well as four Juneau teams.

Skagway sleepwalks in opener
Visibly tired from an end-of-the-season road trip, the Skagway boys basketball team managed to pull out a 52-29 victory over the Hoonah Braves in Thursday's opening round of the Region V-Class 2A tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School's main gym. A highly explosive team this season, the Panthers didn't display their usual offensive prowess but still managed to virtually control the entire game.

Soldotna girls end Juneau's title dreams
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's hopes for a state title ended this morning, as the Crimson Bears fell to the Soldotna Stars 61-55 to open play in the Class 4A state high school basketball tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena. The Juneau boys were due to play East Anchorage at 1 p.m. today for their first tourney game.

There's doubt this year in women's tournament
The NCAA women's basketball tournament will start with some grumbling over travel and an outcome in doubt. Heck, there might even be a few upsets in the early rounds, something rare in the women's tournament. A year ago, the only thing that could have kept Connecticut from winning the national championship might have been failing to get to the arena on time.

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Juneau girls sent home by Dimond
ANCHORAGE - Once again, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's journey proved to be far better than the destination.

Letter: Hurrah for hockey
The inaugural ice hockey tournament at the Treadwell Arena in Douglas was a success. Teams from Anchorage, Juneau, Petersburg and the Yukon Territory participated in the tournament last weekend. The Juneau Aces skated to a 3-2 victory on Sunday in the gold medal game against the Anchorage's Play It Again Sports team.

Inside out
ANCHORAGE - Earlier this season, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team keyed off the 3. These days, the Crimson Bears are thriving inside. Juneau's Byron Wild scored 24 points - most from in the paint - as the Juneau boys edged East Anchorage, 68-63, to open Class 4A state tournament play on Thursday at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Region V and State Basketball Championships
Here is a list of the previous Southeast and Alaska high school basketball champions. The Southeast champions listed are the region's champions up until 1984, when the schools were split into separate size classifications.

Roughhouse Friday bouts feature four Southeast champions
Roughhouse Friday boxing fans will get to see all three current Southeast Showdown champions, plus a former champ is coming out of retirement to fight in tonight's card at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. The champion-laden card is a rarity for March, since this year's Southeast Showdown is April 11 - 21 days from now.

Juneau Boys lose to Wasilla 45-43
The Wasilla Warriors rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys basketball squad, 45-43, in the state tournament semifinals Friday night.

Craig boys roll on at Class 3A state tournament; Petersburg girls win
ANCHORAGE - The Craig boys basketball team continued its quest to go from Class 3A state runner-up to champion on Thursday; the Mount Edgecumbe girls very nearly ended another. Craig beat Delta Junction, 54-47, advancing the Panthers' drive to improve on last year's second-place state finish, while Mount Edgecumbe gave top-ranked and 2002 state runner-up Monroe Catholic a scare, leading much of the game before the Rams pulled in front late for a 38-35 win at the state basketball tournament in Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

Alaska State Basketball Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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Airport monitored for signs of mystery illness
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the lookout for a dangerous new strain of pneumonia. Medical staffers have begun meeting flights at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport from Asian cities with possible links to the mystery illness.

State Briefs
Murder trial may not be held in Juneau; Search continues for missing brothers; Four hurt as speeding car hits school bus; Engine fire forces emergency landing; School bus service resumes after vandalism

Lawyers question firefighters about Big Lake blaze
PALMER - Lawyers for property owners who were victims of the 1996 Big Lake fire questioned two high-ranking state firefighters this week in a class-action lawsuit. Firefighters Mark Bertels and John See were asked about a variety of things, including lost notebooks containing details about the fire and a fire forecast that never reached the field commander.

BLM to prepare environmental study of NPR-A proposals
FAIRBANKS - The Bureau of Land Management will begin writing a draft environmental impact statement on five proposed drilling sites in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The agency on Thursday concluded a series of public meetings on the topic. It will field written comments until March 31, with the draft EIS expected this fall.

Alaskans respond to ANWR drilling decision
Wednesday morning's U.S. Senate vote on opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration had Alaskans such as Faith Gemmill on the edge of their seats. When the measure went down in defeat, the program coordinator for the Gwich'in Steering Committee in Fairbanks said she got 78 e-mails of congratulations from environmentalist supporters across the country.

Fairbanks man has big plans for burn barrel business
FAIRBANKS - A visit with his sister several years ago ignited Ken Soles' business idea - customized burn barrels. Now, his business has customers wondering why they didn't think of perfecting the burn barrel first. In the late '90s, Soles was staying with his sister in North Pole when the Florida transplant began to understand why many Alaskans rely on burn barrels. He soon saw how his sister's old incinerator might be improved.

Security officials react to start of war with Iraq
FAIRBANKS - The start of the war against Iraq has heightened vigilance by Alaska homeland security officials, who said they've been preparing for possible terrorism attacks since Sept. 12, 2001. "Actually, right now what we are doing is what we've been doing," said Major Mike Haller, a spokesman for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. "I would say we're doing it with perhaps a heightened effort. We're certainly sensitive to the fact that we've engaged the enemy."

State Briefs
Design for new HS under review; Safety Fair offered Saturday; No dramatic security measures in Alaska; CG plans helicopter pad in Ketchikan; UAA building becomes Wells Fargo Sports Center;

Haines set to improve Tlingit Park
Haines children are getting a new place to romp this summer, and the town is calling on its Southeast neighbors to lend a hand to make it happen. Haines residents and volunteers from throughout Southeast will work for five days to build a wooden playground at Tlingit Park. Organizers are looking for three shifts of 100 people a day to work from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 14-18. The park is scheduled to open May 19.

Olson wins award
JUNEAU - Local author Wallace Olson was given the 2003 Outstanding Alaskana Award in recognition of his recently published book, "Through Spanish Eyes," by the Alaska Library Association at its annual conference in Juneau this month.

Volunteer training set at the Alaska State Museum
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum will conduct a training workshop for volunteers who help interpret Alaska history and natural history for museum visitors. The workshops begin Saturday, March 29, and continues Saturday mornings through April.

Singing through the decades
For professional singer Cynthia Rhys, studying music from movie musicals over the last century is an anthropological exercise. "We don't realize how much this art form has to do with us as an American culture," Rhys said in a phone interview this week from her home in Lenox, Mass. "What a powerful force of the American spirit music is for pulling people from all walks of life together."

Surreal Spaces
The day "Winesburg: Small Town Life" opened at Perseverance Theatre, designer Sheila Wyne, a tall, lean woman in her 40s, stood among a forest of huge weeds she had created, sipping a latte and discussing the importance of the surreal in her set design. "I am not a period piece designer. I don't know if (this set) is stylized, surreal or abstracted," Wyne said. "I want the audience to look on stage, recognize the bones, then finish it with their imaginations."

Museums offer spring break activities for students
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will offer spring break classes for students during the week of March 24.

New cable channel launches in Juneau
JUNEAU - A new pop culture and arts cable channel called "Trio" is now available in Juneau on the GCI cable system. Viewers can tune into Trio's daily schedule of popular films, fashion and music on Channel 206.

Kuhlke's 'Winesburg' an idiosyncratic jewel
Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" has been a hot item lately. It bombed on Broadway back in '58, but an award-winning adaptation was staged in San Francisco in 2001, and it was turned into a musical at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater last year.

What's happening
"Winesburg: Small Town Life," by Perseverance Theatre, shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays at Perseverance Theatre. Tickets $17 for adults, $13 for students/seniors on Thursdays and Sundays, $22 for adults, $18 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays, available at Hearthside Books, at the theater box office at 364-2421 ext. 35, or online at Runs until April 6.

'Number the Stars' a lesson in acting, history, morality
Clad in baggy costumes on a modest set built on the altar at Northern Light United Church, the young actors rehearse the play "Number the Stars" and in the process learn that being in a play isn't just about acting. It is about history and morality, according to J. Althea, Northern Light Junior Theatre director. "I tell them at least once or twice a week in rehearsal, 'Stand up for what you believe in,' " Althea said. "If the kids are armed with knowledge, they can stand up for what they believe in."

Youth concerto competition deadline nears
JUNEAU - The Juneau Symphony's 2003 Youth Concerto Competition will take place Saturday, June 1, at the University of Alaska Southeast. Applications to enter the competition are available from the Juneau Symphony office.

Best Bets: Razzle-dazzle, art and war
So, it is Tuesday when I am writing this and you will be reading it on Thursday. By Thursday, we will probably be shelling Baghdad, and you might not remember what the world was like today.

Movies where and when
"The Recruit," (PG-13) ends Thursday, March 20, final show at 7:10 p.m. at 20th Century Twin.

Boardwalk Boogie fund-raiser concert set for Juneau
JUNEAU - Organizers of the Boardwalk Boogie, a folk music event held annually in Pelican, are throwing a "Taste of the Boogie" fund-raiser with dinner, live music and a "twisted talent show" beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Elks Lodge. "The whole idea is that it will be a taste of the Pelican Boardwalk Boogie," said organizer Jenni Lefing.

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